International model, Andrej Pejic, announced via Entertainment Tonight and People magazine that she underwent sex reassignment surgery earlier this year. Now a trans woman, Pejic will go by the name A
International model, Andrej Pejic, announced via Entertainment Tonight and People magazine that she underwent sex reassignment surgery earlier this year. Now a trans woman, Pejic will go by the name Andreja.
After keeping transition secret for the past few months, Pejic wanted to come out publicly and be honest with the public.
"I want to share my story with the world because I think I have a social responsibility," the 22-year-old toldPeople. “I hope that by being open about this, it becomes less of an issue.”
Pejic rose to fame thanks to her androgynous appeal and ability to model female fashion almost seamlessly. She earned international acclaim in 2011 after walking in both men and women’s fashion shows for Jean Paul-Gaultier during Paris Fashion Week. Pejic followed the runway walks with stunning covers on Dossier Journal, Out magazine and even landed on FHM’s annual 100 Sexiest Women in the World.
The gender-bending model work perplexed some but fascinated most — always leading to the question about her identity.
"For me it’s always been important to show it doesn’t matter what gender you are," Pejic told Outearlier this year. “It doesn’t define who you are. “
But despite all of her success as a male model, Pejic knew deep down that she was a woman. “I always dreamt of being a girl. One of my earliest memories is spinning around in my mom’s skirt trying to look like a ballerina.” In the same conversation with People, the model admits she has known her true gender since the age of 13.
In a message on Facebook, Pejic thanked her fans for their support and understanding. ”I think we all evolve as we get older and that’s normal but I like to think that my recent transition hasn’t made me into a different individual. Same person, no difference at all just a different sex,” she wrote.
Pejic also reached out to the youth community who might be questioning their identity with a message of hope:
"I would also like to to reach out to all young gender non-conforming youth out there: I know it’s hard, I’ve been there, but remember it’s your right to be accepted as what you identify with — you deserve the same respect as any other human being on this planet."
With her story out, Pejic can focus on her work as a model and budding actor. Following an appearance in David Bowie’s music video for “The Stars Are Out Tonight,” the model was cast in her first film role as one of Ariel’s sisters in Sofia Coppola’s adaptation of the Disney classic.
As much as I love your blog and that bigger girls can find cute stuff in their size, I'm that odd duck that is a large band and a small cup (42B to be precise). It's really sad there are all these great new places to find things and I can't find a thing because for most lingerie sites plus size is C cup and bigger. It's quite disheartening.
You have a right to feel disheartened (and you’re not an odd duck). People who wear large band/small cup bras are incredibly underserved by the lingerie industry right now, and they’re not getting nearly as much press and attention as other sizing configurations (notably small band/large cup and small band/small cup). You’re also right that even among brands that make large band/small cup bras, A and B cups are frequently left out. It’s a crap situation, and I’m genuinely sorry.
That said, I know Va Bien, Contourelle, Prima Donna, Goddess, Elila and Chantelle make bras in your size. And of the brands working in this range, I think those six make the prettiest (I especially like Elila’s lace bustier). There’s also custom sizing as an option, particularly from a place like Etsy. I hope this helps.
First, I love your blog! Second, I've been going on a spree of joining lingerie sites and window shopping like crazy! I've gotten the lingerie bug! You're so inspiring! I've been looking around a lot at lingerie, but I wanted to know what some of your favorite lounge wear was.
For loungewear, I adore Between the Sheets, Eberjey, and Sandmaiden. I also like lounging in vintage slips, which are super cheap on sites like eBay and Etsy.
Hi! I was just wondering if you could recommend me some cheap, pretty sets of bras and knickers (not thongs, either hipsters or boyshorts preferably!) I am a uk 34/36 dd/e (it varies) :) thank you so much! Btw love your blog!!
Hello! I don’t know what you mean by “cheap.” It also helps to know some aspects of what counts as “pretty” to you (what I find gorgeous, you may find hideous).
As always, the more information you can give me (because you definitely have some ideas in mind that the words “cheap” and “pretty” represent), the more I can help you.
Hey there! I'm kind of in love with the Florist's Touch bra and panty set from Modcloth, but they unfortunately don't have my size. Have you seen anything similar to it around? Love your blog!
Hey! If they aren’t your size, it would be helpful to know what size you are before making a recommendation. I don’t know if you’re wanting smaller in the cup, smaller in the band, larger in the cup, or larger in the band.
Hello! :) Do you have good UK recommendations for strapless bras? I'm a UK 34D and it's so hard to find one that does the job :(
Hi! A lot of UK residents recommend Bravissimo and specifically the Freya Deco. However, it’s hard to just suggest an undergarment and say “yes, this one will fit you perfectly” without knowing anything about you, your body, or the previous fit issues you’ve had with strapless bras. It’s a bit like slinging darts in the dark. That said, if you get in touch with Bravissimo, they may be able to help.
Hi there Cora, I am loving strappy/bondage-y lingerie currently (bordelle, Karolina Laskowska, Marlies Dekkers, are pretty much all I am aware of currently). Would you be able to recommend a few more brands that specialise/create lots of strappy/intricate designs? Price is not an object, and sizing is fairly flexible (30E and small-framed, I can get away with most brands). Thank you!
There’s a few things coming out this season from brands like Bluebella and Sofia Sokoloff. Nichole de Carle has a ton of strappy styles. You could also check out ClareBare, Pour Moi (specifically the ‘Addicted’ set), Agent Provocateur, Maison Close, Leg Avenue, Bordelle, Hopeless, and Dita Von Teese’s ‘Madam X’ collection. Strappiness is a major trend in lingerie right now, so there’s even more than that out there. This is just what came to mind first.
Hi, Cora. I did the exact same thing as you and purchased the AP bra and brief from the sale but encountered a problem; the brief fits but the bra doesn't. I recently found out I am a 32G/34F (depending on the brand) and am looking for something to match the brief's "wet look" lace. Do you have an recommendations? Price isn't a concern since this would be a special occasion piece for me. Thanks for your time!
Hmmm…you’re not really going to find anything to “match” AP’s lace. I wouldn’t be surprised if AP bought all of that lace or at least put it into their contract that no one else could buy it. It’s a pretty typical move for large brands with that kind of buying power.
That said, you may be able to find something from a site like Yandy or Lingerie Diva simply because if there are similar looking items, one of those two places is most likely to carry it.
Other than that, I’d look at other high-end lines as they tend to specialize in expensive laces and you might be able to find something non-matching to coordinate. This might be one of those times when you have to go with something not quite right though (like Something Wicked’s leather bra).
Hi, Cora! What are your thoughts on using bikini or swimsuit pieces as lingerie? I personally find some of it really pretty (and just my style -- I've got a huge thing for obnoxiously bright and playful patterns) but a bit too revealing for me to wear without something over it. Would it really be such a bad thing to occasionally wear a top as a bra, or a bottom as panties? Thank you, for this and for having such a wonderful blog!
Hmmmm…while there’s nothing wrong with it from a fashion/style perspective, I would be concerned about it from a health perspective, particularly for your genitals. Swimsuit fabrics are not lingerie fabrics; they’re different materials with different properties.
While knickers are “breathable,” swimsuit fabrics may be less so. Ditto for a bikini top. So one could conceivably run into an issue with skin irritation, genital infections, or the like. There’s probably nothing wrong with it once in awhile, and I’m sure there are people who wear bathing suits everyday during the summer. But if you’re susceptible to any of thse issues, it might be something to keep in mind.
I know I said I'm trying to move to non chain lingerie but I can't resist a good $3 panties sale and I probably would never stop going to them. Do you still find yourself shopping at chains? And if so, which ones?
Hmmmmm…no, I don’t really shop at chains very much anymore. However, I’m also an atypical lingerie consumer. My buying behaviors and the things I look for before making a purchase are very different from the average customer. That said, my most recent chain purchase was some Aerie cotton panties. They’re cheap and they’re comfy and they’re cute. They also last a loooong time, which matters to me.
I’ll likely stop at the Victoria’s Secret flagship next time I go to Manhattan, but it’s a special trip specifically because it’s the flagship (and because I want to see the Designer Collection in person). Other than that though, chains don’t really make it onto my radar. I’m looking for something different than what you can find in the local mall or department store.